A. D. Brodhead’s 1917 Passing: A Condolence Letter

Andrew Douglas Brodhead passed away on May 6, 1917. The New York Times published a brief obituary on May 8, 1917, that read as follows:

BRODHEAD.–At Elizabeth, NJ, May 6, 1917, Andrew D. Brodhead, aged 64 years. Funeral service at his late residence, 732 Jersey Av., Elizabeth, NJ, Wednesday, May 9, at 2:30 PM.

Some time ago, I came across a three-page handwritten condolence letter written to Andrew’s wife, Margaret Lewis Martin Brodhead (addressed “Dear Maggie”), from someone who signed it “Affectionately, Emily.” Emily wrote:

I am thinking of you so much these days and hoping you are each day finding strength to go on… I bid you take courage for you will be comforted- time will surely take away the heartache and bring to your troubles life, peace and calmness, when now all is grief and turbulent sorrow. Like myself, dear Maggie, you have the blessing of beautiful memories of your dear dead, for Doug’s life was so filled with love and duties and came for those he felt needed him, and his cheerful optimistic outlook on life, his great big heart filled with charity and kindness for people who needed his help, spiritually as well as materially, has left an impress, not soon to be forgotten– For your sons [Frank, Andrew, and Lewis; Edith passed away as a young child], the heritage he has left is most to be cherished…

I don’t know who Emily was. The only clues that the letter gives is that Emily was also a widow and lived in a town called Kingston (probably either the one in PA or the one in NJ). And, she mentions children/grandchildren: We are going to have Cornelia operated on for adenoids and tonsils on Saturday and the plan is now for Beatrice to have his throat done at the same time. I am not very enthusiastic about that but shall not plan to decide for them. Update 6/20/13: This letter was from Emily Linderman Brodhead Moon, wife of the late Frederick Moon and sister of Andrew Douglas Brodhead. Emily lived in Kingston, Pennsylvania at that time. Frederick Moon died in 1907. Emily had one son, Frederick Wiles Moon (b. 1882) whose wife’s name was Beatrice (b. 1889, d. 1949). Beatrice & Cornelia were Emily’s grandchildren. Cornelia was probably named after Cornelia Dingman Brodhead (Emily’s grandmother).

It was nice to come across this letter as it provides a brief glimpse into the kind of man AD Brodhead was; I have yet to come across any other information that offers such clues, the kind of clues that are the most interesting to know.

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